Author Archives: Sasha

The hard parts

The parts that are uncomfortable The bits that no one else really wants to do The things that make you feel exposed And stretched And outside of your comfort zone The things that make it clear that what you thought … Continue reading

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But that’s what I’d said!

There’s a stage in one’s professional life that is defined by spending our days figuring out right answers. Do this analysis. Value this company. Research this donor. Share your recommended plan of action. This is an important skill to develop … Continue reading

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This Leads to This

We get rapid-fire requests every day, and often end up beating them back with a stick. As in: can you….write a quick response here? ….help this new potential Board Member better understand the program that you run? …meet with this … Continue reading

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Six months later

When I was in business school, private equity was all the rage. I’d never been an investment banker, and I didn’t even really understand what private equity was, but I did throw my hat into the ring for a few … Continue reading

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The Garlic Mashed Potatoes

For a period of about five years, whenever we’d go out to a restaurant either my wife or I would order the dish with the garlic mashed potatoes. They were so yummy and creamy and decadent, with heaps more butter … Continue reading

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When it works

The line at my local Chipotle looks like this each and every day at lunchtime, with 20+ people on line and more streaming through the door.  And each time I’m there, I’m in and out in 7 minutes or less. … Continue reading

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Word Economy

Most emails are too long. And most emails, long or short, are either emotional deserts or they transmit the wrong emotional content. Short is the only solution to email overload, and radical email shorthand is employed by nearly all the … Continue reading

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I love New York

Why do I like Citibike so much (when it works)? True, it helps me cut my long commute (a bit), and it’s a rare innovation in transportation in a country that, thanks to our love affair with cars, radically underinvests … Continue reading

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Lean for Social Impact – June 23rd

I’m thrilled to announce that on June 23rd I’ll be the lead instructor, together with Bob Dorf as Chief Mentor, for the new +Acumen course Lean for Social Change.  This is our first large-scale launch of this course, after a … Continue reading

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What we already know

I spent a few hours this weekend with my 10-year-old son taking apart an old HP Photosmart A636 photo printer. It’s surprisingly difficult to do. All the screws have beveled heads so you can’t take them apart with a regular … Continue reading

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